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College Catalog: Science, Technology, and Computing: Mechatronics

Program: Mechatronics
Award: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Plan Code: 736
Length: 69 credits, 2 years
Lead Faculty: David Lorenz

Purpose: The Associate in Applied Science Degree curricula is designed to introduce students to the field’s central concept: how mechanics, electronics and computers are integrated through the use of automated hydraulic and pneumatic control systems. The curriculum is designed to challenge the student with hands-on instruction based around this central concept. Instruction focuses on developing knowledge of theory and a hands-on approach to learning. This program is committed to preparing students to be successful in the workplace as leaders and members of a team.

Occupational Objectives: To prepare students to become mechanical operators, mechanical service technicians, maintenance instrument technicians, instrument and electrical technicians, process technicians, maintenance and manufacturing technicians, robot product consultants in the fields of electronics, mechanics, software tech, math, physics and medicine.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the Mechatronics AAS Program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mechatronics engineering technology to broadly-defined engineering technology activities including proficiency in mechanical design, materials, manufacturing processes and automation;
  2. Demonstrate and ability to select and apply knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
  3. Demonstrate an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
  4. Demonstrate an ability to design systems, components, or processes of broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
  5. Demonstrate an ability to identify, analyze and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
  6. Demonstrate an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
  7. Demonstrate an ability to apply written, oral and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of engineering solutions in a societal and global context;
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness and continuous improvement

Admission Requirements: In addition to the general admission requirements of the College, entry into the Mechatronics Degree program requires proficiency in basic arithmetic and English.

Program Requirements: The curriculum for the Mechatronics Degree program combines general academic instruction in mathematics, science, and communication with technical instruction geared toward gaining competence for entry-level and mid-level positions within business, industry, and government.

Required Courses and Credits
Sample Schedule
Course Credits
Fall Semester 1
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3
CAD 151 Engineering Drawing Fundamentals 3
ELE 150 AC & DC Fundamentals 3
IND 195 Introduction to Automation 2
MTH 161 Pre-calculus 3
MEC 140 Introduction to Mechatronics 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total Semester Credits 18
Spring Semester 1
CAD 241 Parametric Solid Modeling 3
ENG 111 College Composition 3
ETR 286 Principles & Applications of Robotics 3
IND 113 Materials and Processes in Industry 3
INS 110 Instrumentation 3
SOC SCI Social Science elective 3
Total Semester Credits 18
Fall Semester 2
ETR 203 Electronic Devices 4
ETR 221 Electronic Controls 4
HLT/PED Health/PE Elective 2
IND 165 Principles of Industrial Technology I 4
SAF 126 Principles of Industrial Safety 3
Total Semester Credits 17
Spring Semester 2
ELE 216 Industrial Electricity 3
ELE 239 Programmable Controllers 3
HUM Humanities Elective 3
MEC 161 Basic Fluid Mechanics Hydraulics/Pneumatics 4
MEC 230 Mechatronic Process Control 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Total Program Credits 69